Stay tuned for more information on the 2024 Green Jack Film Festival happening July 5th, 6th and 7th 2024 in Big Bear Lake! See below for 2023's amazing year!
The first live Green Jack International Film Festival was held on September 8th, 9th and 10th in beautiful Big Bear Lake California at the gorgeous 400 seat theater in the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts center. The Green Jack team extends its thanks to everyone involved, from our wonderful sponsors to the dedicated filmmakers and fans. Thank you for coming out and we'll see you again next year!
Returning to Iran after many years in exile in Finland, Sam (Ramin Sohrab) finds that he has not yet escaped his past. A shady figure kidnaps his wife Emma (Jessica Wolff) in order to drag him into a violent scheme for revenge. But Sam is a relentless fighting machine who will stop at nothing to rescue the woman he loves. When it comes to
Returning to Iran after many years in exile in Finland, Sam (Ramin Sohrab) finds that he has not yet escaped his past. A shady figure kidnaps his wife Emma (Jessica Wolff) in order to drag him into a violent scheme for revenge. But Sam is a relentless fighting machine who will stop at nothing to rescue the woman he loves. When it comes to deciding their future, the past will not stand in their way. https://layersoflies.com/
Mitesh Patel - Woman in the Maze
"In a world that seems to be constantly changing faster and faster, and sometimes feels upside down, I knew I wanted to create a unique movie based on the idea of change and struggle. Aware of the deep mystery of Jerome as 'The largest Ghost Town in America', I knew I had to base my story there. The deep and sordid history of the area inspired me to create a Supernatural Mystery Thriller; one that is unique, classic, and can be enjoyed year round. With the success of my recent films, I knew I needed to cast powerful actors and create strong visuals with a mixture of practical and special effects in order to bring this fantastic story to life thrusting viewers into a truly thrilling experience. Intricate plot twists and turns will keep you engaged with real visceral reaction to the very end." https://www.appliedartproductions.com/
Unfiltered: The Truth About Oysters
Ninety percent of the world’s ancient oyster reefs have collapsed in the last thirty years. Faced with the human pressures of coastal development, pollution, reduced freshwater flow, and overharvesting, the renowned oyster reefs in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay are now slipping toward the same fate. Oysters have long been the silent protectors of the oceans, cleaning water and building the foundation of estuaries where thousands of species thrive, from plankton to game fish. They are living water filtration systems, storm barriers, and an ancient source of protein. The fate of oysters in Apalachicola Bay is not sealed. Fresh water management, artificial reefs, shell recycling, and other restoration strategies may be able to save the world’s oyster populations from complete collapse. It’s not too late. https://www.oyster.film/
Alex Grossman - That's Funny
Alex was born in Flint, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a B.A. in English. His writing career began in San Francisco, where he worked as an award winning copywriter at shops like Butler, Shine & Stern and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Hickey, his first feature film, opened strong at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival where it earned Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Supporting-Actress honors. It went on to competition at SXSW and was acquired and distributed internationally by Gravitas Ventures. In 2017, a series of short films he directed for Alliance Française won three gold lions and two silver lions at Cannes, making Alex the most awarded comedy director of the festival. https://thatsfunnymovie.com/
Meredith VanCuyk - Woman in the Maze
Meredith Josephine VanCuyk is an American actress born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was raised in the northern suburbs of Columbus, Ohio with her two older brothers, where she spent hours in the dance studio learning various disciplines of dance. Choosing to focus on Irish dance gave her the opportunity to travel North America and compete at the champion level. From a young age, Meredith took every opportunity to participate in theatrical projects and in 2018, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the arts. Meredith loves the creativity in the acting world and has worked on several notable projects such as: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), The Fabelmans (2022), Fast X (2023), Westworld (2016) and Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire (2023). She also had a supporting role in television movie Love's Second Act and action thriller Wages of Sin.
Ben Cain - That's Funny
Ben's lengthy career has included many excellent roles such as Agent Joe Dordt on American Rust, Bill Harris on Animal Kingdom and Rod Wallis on Cruel Summer. His tour de force career has brought him to the Green Jack festival to ultimately win Best Supporting Actor as Ben in "That's Funny" now streaming on Apple TV and Amazon. Learn more about Ben's roles on IMDb and if you missed it check out his amazing new film by following the links at www.thatsfunnymovie.com
After the death of her father, a troubled young woman robs a dry cleaning shop, but a secret from the past forces her to the precipice of truth and denial.
David Michael Maurer (Mendo’s Carousel)
Before trying a hand at writing and directing with "Mendo's Carousel", David Michael Maurer worked as an Editor in multiple genres, originally starting in Reality TV. He later edited Sterlin Harjo's first dramatic Feature Film "Four Sheets to the Wind" and second "Barking Water" both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He sliced the fan-favorite horror film "Splinter", directed by Toby Wilkins and won the award for Best Editing at the Screamfest Film Festival. In scripted television, Maurer worked on Ben Ketai's crime drama "StartUp" where he met "Mendo's Carousel" cast members Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero. He also edited on season 2 of "Absentia" starring Stana Katic and most recently, the first two seasons of the rebooted "Fantasy Island" starring Roselyn Sanchez. He became a member of American Cinema Editors in 2013. Mendo's Carousel is a new step out of the editing chair and into the director's chair.
Edi Gathegi - Mendo’s Carousel
Edi Gathegi has appeared as recurring character Dr. Jeffrey Cole (aka "Big Love") in the television series House, as Cheese in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone, Laurent in the films Twilight and its sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and as Darwin in X-Men: First Class. Edi also featured in the AMC series, Into the Badlands, as Baron Jacobee. He has also been a recurring character in NBC's television series, The Blacklist, as Matias Solomon, an operative for a covert organization. Gathegi reprised the role in the 2016–2017 season crime thriller, The Blacklist: Redemption. He has also played a leading role in Startup, a television drama series on Crackle. Since 2022, Edi has played engineer and entrepreneur Dev Ayesa in the Apple TV+ original science fiction space drama series For All Mankind.
Otmara Marrero - Mendo’s Carousel
Otmara Marrero is an American actress. She is known for the NBC series "Connecting..." 2019's "Clementine", and Crackle's 2016 series "StartUp". Marrero's first onscreen role was a small part in a season 3 episode of USA Network's Graceland. Her performance in Damian Fitzsimmons' "Off the Rails" earned her a Commendation award at the Liverpool International Film Festival while she won a breakthrough award at the Downtown LA film festival for her performance in Clementine. She filmed her part in "Connecting..." at home.
Darren Lipari - Bonding
Darren Lipari is an American actor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Darren was born and raised in a performing arts household in Long Island, NY. His mother a voice teacher and his father a TV reporter for ABC's Eyewitness News. These origins led Darren to pursue a career in the performing arts leading him to get a film degree from Ithaca College.
After interning on various productions in LA and NY he decided to move in front of the camera and has had success in areas of TV and film nabbing roles in the cop-thriller "21 Bridges" and award winning TV shows such as "Mr. Robot" and "Girls."
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Jannica Olin - Bonding
Swedish born actress Jannica Olin is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She has appeared in plays Off Off Broadway as well as having worked in film and theatre in London. Credits include the UK film noir thriller, Third Contact, which had its' world premiere at The British Film Institute in London (2013) followed by an extensive cinema tour around Europe, Canada and the US. The experimental short film Jukka which screened at Cannes Short film Corner (2009) and picked up the Audience Award at the European Film Awards (2009). Jannica can also be seen in Jessie J's empowering music video Queen as well as the "Emotion Picture"; Dirty Computer with Janelle Monae. Jannica has had Alopecia since 2013 and lost all her hair six months later in 2014. Her new unique look is truly her superpower. She gets to empower and inspire people to embrace themselves fully by keeping on living her dream and representing a different idea of beauty in media.
Shatter the Glass: Alex Therien proudly posts her new status as 1st chair in her school band but is quickly mocked with cruel online comments. Continued hits to her social standing drive her to post a sexy selfie which she soon realizes won’t solve her problems. After arguments with her mom and boyfriend she finally decides to express her true self through her music and discovers that sometimes it’s better to shatter the glass than let others dictate who you are. https://sydblue.com/shatter
During the awards ceremony we honored Nancy Sinclair, a local Hollywood legend, for her many years of acting work both on stage and in film. Nancy grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and has been singing and dancing since she was three. Her first professional acting job in NY was at the age of 10 in a "Spill and Spell" commercial. At thirteen, she was crowned Miss Teeanage Baltimore, the youngest contestant in The Miss Teenage America Pageant. She was also Miss Teen Southeast in Miss Teen USA and Miss Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. She loved the travel and meeting people all across the country. A former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, she moved to Califiornia and was hired as one of the original Dean Martin Golddiggers. Nancy's biggest break was on Broadway as the original Standby for the role of Peggy Sawyer in "42nd.Street." She made her Broadway debut and at the request of David Merrick, headed up the first National Tour and the Los Angeles Company where she won the Drama Logue's Critics Award for Best Performance. Some of her regional theater favorites are the title roles in "Mame," and "Hello Dolly." Including "South Pacific," "1940's Radio Hour," "The Sound of Music," and "Swinging On A Star," where she was nominated for a NAACP Theater Award to name a few. Nancy's storied career and amazing list of achievements have now been preserved in our history as the inaugural Icon Award recipient.